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Post Racial America?

Not so much


sort of explanation here:

"To the guy who punched me tonight for kissing my boyfriend"

Cole Ledford
To the guy who punched me tonight for kissing my boyfriend


“So wrong about so much”: Paul Krugman blasts newly empowered GOP

[b]“So wrong about so much”: Paul Krugman blasts newly empowered GOP
The economist asks how a party that's gotten every major policy question wrong could do so well at the ballot box

Krugman points to the GOP’s effort to shroud its unpopular positions and — most important — the party’s successful bet that obstructionism is a winning political strategy:

Part of the answer is that leading Republicans managed to mask their true positions. Perhaps most notably, Senator Mitch McConnell, the incoming majority leader, managed to convey the completely false impression that Kentucky could retain its impressive gains in health coverage even if Obamacare were repealed.

But the biggest secret of the Republican triumph surely lies in the discovery that obstructionism bordering on sabotage is a winning political strategy. From Day 1 of the Obama administration, Mr. McConnell and his colleagues have done everything they could to undermine effective policy, in particular blocking every effort to do the obvious thing — boost infrastructure spending — in a time of low interest rates and high unemployment.

This was, it turned out, bad for America but good for Republicans. Most voters don’t know much about policy details, nor do they understand the legislative process. So all they saw was that the man in the White House wasn’t delivering prosperity — and they punished his party.


Americans have just elected the party they like least to run the government body they least trust.

Americans have just elected the party they like the least to run the government body they least trust.

According to a CNN exit poll, 8 in 10 Americans disapprove of how Congress has been handling its job, while almost 6 in 10 are displeased with President Obama. A full 44% have a positive view of Democrats; 40% have a positive view of Republicans. Americans have just elected the party they like the least to run the government body they least trust.

On Tuesday night, the electorate wasn’t waving. It was drowning.


Only ONE Senate Candidate Campaigned With Obama &...


One chart explains why the Dems can't win the House no matter how people vote.

ByTOM KLUDTPublishedNOVEMBER 7, 2014, 6:00 AM EST 2881 Views

After Republicans expanded their majority in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, giving the party its largest number of seats in the lower chamber since World War II, "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd made an observation that probably triggered even more Democratic heartache.

"So this really secures the House Republican majority for the rest of this decade," Todd said during NBC's election coverage. "Not until 2022, I think, at the earliest, will you see Democrats have a chance at winning the House."

A closer look at the numbers shows why the GOP House majority is basically impenetrable until the next redistricting, and maybe beyond. It was never more stark than in 2012, when Democrats received about 500k more votes nationwide than Republicans but still ended up with substantially fewer seats. Some of this is due to an extremely effective gerrymandering effort by Republicans after the 2010 election. But it's not only that. Democrats are also increasingly concentrated in small geographical areas, which greatly amplifies the effect of gerrymandering and is also a significant and growing issue in itself.


Women Outperform Men In Sales But Still Earn Less

Women Outperform Men In Sales But Still Earn Less

NOV. 6, 2014, 4:17 PM

While the gender pay gap is slowly closing, women are still getting less than their fair share when it comes to compensation.

According to 2013 research from Xactly, a cloud platform that provides big data insights to companies, women are performing better than men, yet still earning less for the same jobs.

Xactly pulled global compensation and performance measures for both men and women, looking at correlations between pay and performance, and found that in sales, 70% of women reached their quotas, while only 67% of men did. However, when it came to commission rates, women earned less for their efforts, making an average of 4.1% commission, compared to their male counterparts' 4.8%. They also recieved lower base pay on average.

Although 3% might seem like a negligible difference, it becomes a significant amount of money for companies dealing with millions of dollars in sales.


Check out all of Xactly's findings in the infographic:
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/women-outperform-men-in-sales-earn-less-2014-11#ixzz3IKn9nHBd

America just took a wrong turn. It's time to take a hard left

America just took a wrong turn. It's time to take a hard left
Howie Hawkins

Double down on oil and trouble? Not so fast: fracking bans in oil country and common sense on infrastructure might turn the US a deeper shade of green between now and 2016

Sometimes it feels as if Sarah Palin won the last two presidential elections. We’re not quite living in “Drill Baby Drill” America, but by co-opting the other Republican energy slogan, a meaningless plan literally called “All-of-the-Above”, President Obama has opened up vast new areas to offshore drilling and pushed hydrofracking for oil and gas onshore. Even as the president says that “we are closer to energy independence than we’ve ever been before”, sometimes it seems like the US is becoming a repressive petrostate.

And then some days, like the day after the midterm elections, it feels like a complete victory for Palinite politics. The Republicans took back the US Senate, and the only Democrats who won major races were those like Andrew Cuomo, who defeated my Green Party campaign for governor of New York with a $45m campaign war chest provided by a few hundred super-rich donors – Democratic and Republican ones.

But there were real victories this week for progressive alternatives on clean energy, economic security and social justice. The extremist blood bath may have painted the country more red, but there were more than a few important – and extremely promising – tea leaves of green. It was even enough to suggest a new, independent, hard-left turn in American politics is still very much possible.

Fracking bans just passed in cities from California to Ohio and even in Denton, Texas – the town at the heart of America’s oil-and-gas boom. In Richmond, California, progressives beat back a multi-million dollar campaign funded by Chevron to defeat Green and allied candidates. Voters in Alaska, Oregon and Washington DC joined Washington State and Colorado in legalizing marijuana, adding to the growing momentum to call off the failed “war on drugs” that has given the US the highest incarceration rate in the world.

Read the whole thing here:

The Senate Map Flips in 2016

The Senate Map Flips in 2016

“After securing control of the Senate Tuesday, Republicans are already staring down a daunting map for 2016,” Roll Call reports.

“The majority of the Senate battleground in the next election cycle will be fought on Republican turf, with the GOP defending 24 seats to the Democrats’ 10. There is more trouble for the party beneath those raw numbers; only two Democratic seats are in competitive states, while more than half a dozen Republican incumbents face re-election in states President Barack Obama carried at least once.”

Huffington Post: Here’s the Democratic route back to Senate control


Why WE Lost?

Republican tells C-Span's Washington Journal "the Republicans hate that ni--er Obama" after saying that Republicans "please do not overreach" (a bit counterintuitive?). Watch:

C-SPAN Caller On Air: 'Republicans Hate That N***er Obama'

"I would just like to say, that the Republicans -- and I'm a Republican -- please do not overreach," the caller began. "I know they're going to overreach but I'm telling you, if you advocate for the repeal of Obamacare and you get too extreme, then Hillary Clinton will be elected President in 2016."

"This is about race," he added. "The Republicans hate that nigger Obama."

Host Steve Scully quickly cut off the caller after he dropped the racial slur.

"Okay, I'm gonna stop you there," Scully said. "We're not gonna use that kind of language."


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